Casper Element Review
We cover the pros and cons of the Casper Element mattress so you can figure out whether it's the right bed for you.
Last Updated: July 1, 2020
Casper Element is the company’s budget mattress that’s designed to serve price-sensitive customers. It’s a fairly simple mattress, but it gets the job done, and we think plenty of people will be happy with it. We could see kids, teens, college students, and plenty of others being overjoyed with the Casper Element mattress.
- Free Shipping & Returns
- 100 Nights Trial Period
- 10 Years Warranty
- Made in USA
If you have a limited budget
People that want a comfy foam bed
If you want an innerspring mattress
Jump-To Links For This Review
- Overview Of Customer Policies
- Casper Element Price & Discounts
- Materials & Construction
- Ratings For Firmness & Feel
- Sleeping Positions: Side, Back & Stomach
- Casper Element Review: Conclusion
- Casper Element vs Essential
Feel free to use the outline above to navigate through this review. We know that mattress shopping can be a little confusing and frustrating, so we’re hoping we are able to bring a little clarity to the situation for you. In the sections below, we will provide a fulsome Casper Element review, and help you to figure out whether it’s the right bed for you.
Our Casper Element Video Review
Below find our short video review of the Casper Element mattress. In this video, JD covers topics such as feel, firmness, ideal sleeping positions and more.
We hope you found the video helpful. Keep reading for even more detail regarding the budget Element mattress from Casper.
Overview Of Customer Policies
Just like every other Casper mattress sold online, Casper Element comes with a few headline policies, most notably, free shipping via FedEx. Interestingly, delivery only takes a few business days, and in some cases can be quicker than if you were to buy from a physical retail store.
With a bed in a box such as Casper Element, there will be a setup and unboxing process, but it’s easy peasy. All together, setting up the mattress should take no longer than fifteen minutes. For most people, you can even unbox the bed solo since it’s fairly light at under 100 lbs for the queen size. Here’s a look at the typical unboxing process.
With any foam mattress—Casper Element included—the setup process might be quick, but in order for the bed to expand fully, you might need to wait up to a day or two. Now, to be clear, the bed will be 80-90% expanded within a few seconds, but it’s going to take a little while longer for the bed to achieve its normal firmness level. It’s just fine to lay on the bed right away, but we want you to be aware of the fact that it will be uniquely soft for the first 24-48 hours.
Another advantage with these online beds is that you almost always get a trial period. In the case of Casper Element, you get 100 nights to test out the bed for yourself. But it’s not just a test period, it’s a risk-free test period, meaning you can return the bed for any reason (or no reason) during the the test period.
To be fair, if you go through the effort to read this review and you end up purchasing the Element mattress, we highly doubt you’ll end up going through the return process. We expect that less than 10% of people will return the Element mattress, but if you need to do so, returns are completely free—they even send someone to pick up the bed.
If you opt to keep the Element, it comes with basically the same warranty as Casper Wave and the company’s other mattresses, and that is a 10-year warranty. You can read more about the warranty on Casper.com, but the gist is that it covers manufacturing defects.
Casper Element Price & Discounts
As we mentioned at the outset, this is a budget mattress. It’s basically the same price as Tuft and Needle and is targeting customers that simply want a comfortable mattress and don’t want to pay anywhere near $1,000. The table below shows the price for each size of the Element mattress.
|King / Cal King||$795|
Casper doesn’t offer an evergreen coupon code for the Element mattress, however, the company does offer discounts from time to time. In some cases, you can purchase the Element discounted by 5-15%. Be sure to visit Casper.com to check for deals, if there are any today.
Casper Element Materials/Construction
The Casper Element is an all-foam mattress that is comprised of just two layers. As you can see below, the bed utilizes a dense foam support core and a single layer of comfort foam. The main comfort layer is called AirScape because it’s perforated to allow for airflow.
Just to be clear, the Casper Element does not contain coils, nor will you have the option to add them. In other words, there is no Casper Element Hybrid, unlike there is with the Casper Nova mattress.
We should also mention that the two foams used in the mattress are CertiPUR-US certified. In simple terms, this means the foams do not contain harmful chemicals and are safe to sleep on.
Ratings For Firmness & Feel
The AirScape foam the Element uses for its comfort layer has what we consider to be a neutral-foam feel. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this term, it essentially just means the Element has a general, soft foam feel.
To be more specific, the Element does not have a traditional memory foam feel. The AirScape foam does not conform or contour to your body like traditional memory foam. If that’s what you’re looking for, you should check out our best memory foam mattress guide.
Instead, the AirScape foam is much more responsive than memory foam. It’s still soft and comforting, but it doesn’t wrap or hug your body. For a lot of consumers, neutral-foam beds are actually preferable. It really just depends on your personal preference.
As far as firmness, we think the Element mattress is a hair firmer than the Original Casper bed. We give it a medium plus rating.
Remember though, firmness is a moving target. How firm or soft the Element feels to you is largely based on your body type. Heavier folks will likely find the Element belongs closer to a medium-soft, while lightweight folks may find it belongs closer to a medium-firm.
Sleeping Positions: Side, Back & Stomach
Although the Casper Element skews slightly towards the firm end of the spectrum, we think it’s a viable choice for all types of sleepers. This isn’t a big surprise given the company designed this mattress specifically for that purpose. They wanted to offer a budget bed that would comfortably accommodate people in all positions.
Back and stomach sleepers will find that the bed keeps them in neutral alignment and provides the necessary support for their lower back and core regions. With that said, side sleepers will still find the top comfort layer soft and pressure relieving for their hips and shoulders. All in all, it’s a comfortable, balanced bed that works well for sleepers regardless of their position.
Ideal Body Types
Given the Element is a two-layer foam mattress, it’s not going to be the right solution for certain types of people. It will certainly work for small and average size folks, but for heavy people, the Element is not ideal. It’s just not what the bed was built for at the end of the day. Heavier body types (~250+ pounds) will likely want to opt for a thicker, hybrid mattress. Beds that utilize coils tend to provide more support, which is key for large people since they apply so much pressure and force on mattresses.
Does The Casper Element Sleep Hot?
The short answer is no. After testing the mattress, we think the Element belongs in the temperature neutral category. In other words, the bed doesn’t sleep hot, but it also doesn’t sleep cool either.
At the end of the day, it’s just a simple two layer foam bed that doesn’t contain any special cooling features or textiles. In reality, other factors like what type of pajamas you wear, how warm you keep your house at night and whether or not you like to cuddle will have more of an impact on your sleeping temperature than the Element mattress itself.
The final elements you’ll want to consider with this bed (see what we did there) are edge support and motion isolation. These are two topics couples in particular will want to pay close attention to.
Motion isolation refers to how well beds dampen movement between partners. The last thing you want when sound asleep is to be jostled awake by your partner who just got up to use the restroom. Luckily, the Casper Element performs well in this category. We didn’t notice much motion transfer at all during our tests.
Edge support refers to how supportive the perimeter of the bed is when pressure is being applied. This comes into play with couples who split a smaller size mattress like a queen, for example. The better the edge support, the more surface area there is to share. The edge support on the Casper Element is not stellar (remember, it’s just a two layer foam bed), but it’s also not bad by any means either. Ultimately, we don’t think couples will experience any issues with the Element mattress.
Casper Element Review: Conclusion
The Casper Element is a nice mattress for the price. There’s really not much else to say. It’s not a luxurious bed by any stretch of the imagine, but that’s not what Casper was going for here. It’s just a basic, affordable mattress that is comfortable and accommodating for a wide range of sleepers. If you’re on a shoestring budget or you’re looking to furnish your guest bedroom, then the Element is definitely worthy of your consideration.
Casper Element vs Essential
A lot of people will be confused with the recent changes to Casper’s product lineup—mostly notable with respect to the Element mattress and how it differs from the Essential. If you ask us, Casper needed a refresh, so they changed the bed slightly and gave it a new name. The Element isn’t all that different from the Essential, generally speaking. Regardless, the Essential is no longer available, so your only option is the Element.
Casper Element is the company’s most affordable mattress. It’s design to be comfortable and affordable, but otherwise is pretty barebones.
As of now, on their website, they have the Original, Wave, Nova, and Element. Only a few of those are sold on Casper’s website. In addition to those mattresses, the company sells basically every product that fits into the “sleep economy” including sheets, duvets, bed frames, furniture, lights, and much more.
As of now, the Element can only be purchased through Casper directly. We aren’t aware of any third-party retailers that carry the Element mattress. That means, you shouldn’t see the Element at Costco, Macy’s, Mattress Firm, etc.
No. The Casper Element is an all-foam mattress, and therefore it’s best for medium- and petite-sized sleepers.
Well, it’s perhaps the largest online bedding company out there. It’s certainly up there with Tuft and Needle and Purple. They are partially owned by Target and are forever adding new, innovative sleep-related products.
The best way to contact Casper is to call them at +1 (888) 498-0003 or live chat with them on the Casper.com website. You can also send them an email through Casper’s contact page.
We rate this bed as a “medium” or a 5/10, so it’s not too soft or firm.
Based on our tests, we expect that Casper Element will work for all sleeping positions.